Whittington – GP service closure fears

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Prescription helpline routinely turned off: Lichfield’s Langton Grange Medical Centre.

Elderly residents suffering chronic and serious illnesses fear the closure of GP services in Whittington.

Patients contacted the ‘Phoenix’ concerned about the Thursday closures of the doctors’ surgery, which is part of the Lichfield’s Langton Medical Group.

Cuts and delays

They were also worried about increasing delays in getting their prescriptions fulfilled.

One resident complained about the continual change of receptionists at the practice, in Langton Crescent: “You have to explain things to them all over again every time you go in.

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“With everything that’s going on it seems as if they are getting ready to close the village surgery altogether.

No transport

“Then what will elderly residents do?

“Many don’t have cars. They can’t travel all the way into Lichfield to see the doctor.”

This follows anger at staff at the city medical centre shutting down the prescriptions helpline.

Service cut admission

The ‘Phoenix’ was at first told it did not happen.  Then a member of staff let slip that it was routine.

Jeremy Hunt: the Health Secretary is accused of deliberately crippling the NHS to soften it up for privatisation. He is behind the closure proposals for the Sir Robert Peel Hospital.

Chemists confirmed that trying to get through to the prescriptions service using the dedicated phone line was a waste of time. They used the emergency line instead.

Management reneged on its promise to investigate and provide a full explanation.

Destroying the NHS

Fears about services in Whittington coincide with shocking revelations about closure proposals at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Mile Oak.

Under Tory NHS cost slashing plans the ‘Minor Injuries Unit’ could close completely.

Hundreds of thousands of people from Lichfield and Tamworth areas rely on the facility opened in 1996.


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